Thursday, August 26, 2010
The RCMP dismantled a home grown terrorist cell in Ottawa today that was the project of a number of adherents of the Religion of Peace.
The ringleader allegedly attended training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and I'm sure that as usual, there's a Saudi-funded wahabi mosque and a 'moderate' imam in the picture.
The arrests were made now because one of the suspects was preparing to travel abroad.
“These guys were doing more than just talking about terrorism. They were planning it,” a police source said.
This is the biggest counterterrorism operation in Canada since Project Osage, the 2006 arrests of the group Canadians refer to as the Toronto 18 who had attacks planned all over Southern Ontario.
Canada's Muslim leadership was shocked or outraged, depending on whom you talked to.
“It’s sad to hear such news. It’s disturbing,” said Imam Habeeb Alli, secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams. “It’s very disturbing, and I hope the proper wheels of justice will be set in motion to ensure we get to the bottom of the story.”
The Muslim Canadian Congress expressed “shock” at the developments, but also commended RCMP for the operation.
“Thank God these men were stopped before they could carry out their alleged plot,” said vice-president Salma Siddiqui.
Ms. Siddiqui also said that until Canada’s Muslim leadership unequivocally denounces the doctrine of armed jihad, there will be more incidents. Radical figures are becoming “heroes,” Ms. Siddiqui said, and leaders in the Muslim community have a duty to diminish them.
On the other hand, Scarborough imam Aly Hindy — who is on record as being critical of the way the Toronto 18 case was handled - derided the “so-called war against terrorism,” and said that the threat is exaggerated.
“We don’t have this feeling of any danger. We feel very safe,” he said.
I'll just bet he does.